The 2nd step is similar to the first so far as post-surgical pain and recovery time, but the 3rd step is an easier one. You do need to take some time to heal and adjust after the 3rd step, but you could potentially get back to your normal life rather quickly. I believe I went to a holiday party a week after my 3rd step. Was I perfect? No. I still had the closure wound from the stoma, I went to the bathroom while I was there, but I actually enjoyed the party much more than I had enjoyed any party I had attended in the recent past simply because I didn't have to worry about
pooping myself, and I could eat whatever I wanted. No more blaming food for the symptoms. The biggest issue immediately following takedown, for me, was low capacity. Low capacity causes frequency, but it's not like with UC because you can hold it. You can also time it out. You can go before you get the urge and "empty", then you should be in the clear for quite a while. Over time, the capacity increases and you go less and you can hold it longer. You will be okay. Think positive. Things can only get better from here. You've removed a diseased colon and you've started the process to take control of your life. You're on path to a great career, one that you can really focus on and excel at because you will be going into it without a chronic illness. You're young, you have your whole life ahead of you!
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From Sickly to UC Free
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